American duo explain Swansea City take over, Allardyce appointment influenced by Ferguson and United fans revolt over Martial Fifa 17 snub…

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1. American businessmen Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien have completed a takeover of Premier League club Swansea City. In a statement to the club’s fans the pair explained their desire to be involved in ‘the greatest league in the world’.

2. Former FA executive David Davies claims the appointment of Sam Allardyce as England coach was ‘influenced’ by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

3. West Ham’s search for a striker has been given a boost by news that Germany international and Hammers target Mario Gómez, 31, has announced he is to leave Turkish club Beşiktaş because of the continuing unrest in the country.

4. France international striker Antoine Griezmann shows off his incredible reflexes on holiday in America during a session playing an arcade game called Speed Light (DailyMail).

5. Manchester United manager José Mourinho refused to sign a Chelsea shirt belonging to a fan he met during the club’s pre-season tour of China (Standard).

6. Norwich City have unveiled their new away kit for the upcoming 2016/17 season. It harkens back to the club’s successful Premier League seasons of the early nineties which saw them reach the Champions League, but its aesthetic merits have been met with a somewhat mixed reaction (WhoAteAllThePies).

7. Remember the Minnesota United keeper who threw the ball into his own net in a friendly against Bournemouth? His explanation of the own goal is staggering; it seems he had eaten jam sandwiches before the game (Mirror).

8. And finally… Manchester United fans have threatened to boycott the new FIFA 17 computer game as Marco Reus was chosen to be on the front cover instead of Anthony Martial (Metro).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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About Ben Wheatland (121 Articles)
Ben is a supporter of Swindon Town FC. He is an aspiring sports writer, and his ramblings can be found on TheBootRoom and TheFootballForecast. He is also the editor of TheOffsideDaily. In his spare time he reads and writes about corruption in FIFA, and in football more generally.

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